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Best things to do in Reykjavík

Reykjavík is a tiny city thousands of miles from anywhere, so why should you go? Well, for starters, there's the breathtaking volcanic scenery, revitalizing hot springs, and crowd-free (though no less impressive) landmarks. And the best thing is, that's not even the tip of the iceberg!

National Museum of Iceland

This journey through Iceland's history is easy to find from Tjörnin Pond, but if you must ask for directions, impress the natives by using its simple Icelandic name – Þjóðminjasafn!


Home to the Saga Museum and an impressive artificial geyser, Perlan is a stunning glass dome crowned by one of the city's best restaurants. The views are just as good as the food!


Inspired by Iceland's volcanic rock formations, Hallgrímskirkja can be seen from almost anywhere in the city! Take the elevator to the top for Reykjavík's best city views.

Harpa - Reykjavík Concert Hall & Conference Center

Reykjavík's cultural heart beats inside this center. Harpa not only hosts some of Iceland's best shows, but has become a benchmark of Nordic design and architecture!

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and health center, which is famous for its revitalizing treatments and facilities. If that sounds like too much fuss, visit the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach instead!

Photo: Luc Van Braekel@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Kolaportid Flea Market

By the old harbor you'll find Icelandic delicacies like fermented shark among the vintage clothes, vinyl, and usual flea market nicknacks. Come ready with cash to avoid the long ATM queues!

Elliðaárdalur Valley

This recreational area on the edge of the city makes for one of Reykjavík's top excursions. The Elliðaár river runs through its lush flora, swarming with char, salmon, and trout!

Planning Your Reykjavik Visit

Best time to visit?

Reykjavík's endless summer days make it a fun place to visit between June and August, but if you want to see the Northern Lights, your best bet is to go in the winter. Bear in mind, however, that the otherworldly phenomenon (also known as the Aurora Borealis) is notoriously difficult to predict. If it's important that you see it, boost your chances by booking a longer holiday and keeping up-to-date with the daily forecasts.

How long to stay?

Reykjavík has a lot of life in it for such a small city. How many days you need depends on what you want from your holiday. A weekend will be enough to see the city's sights, However, if you want to enjoy any of Iceland's scenic excursions, or immerse yourself in the capital's eccentric nightlife and music scene, a week might not be enough!

How expensive is it?

Reykjavík, like most Nordic cities, has a reputation for being quite expensive and, for a city of its size, that's a fair assessment. Ultimately though, Reykjavík is no more expensive than London or Paris. Furthermore, you're unlikely to encounter hidden costs and can expect excellent value for money.

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What People Are Saying About Reykjavik

The tour guide is the funniest girl ever

The tour is really cool and give you access to litres of great beer. The location is nice but what really makes the tour worth doing is Sylvia, the amazing tour guide. She knows a lot about the history of beer in Iceland and is just too funny. Everyone was laughing his heart out during the tour.
Iceland Brewery Tour: A Journey through the Ages Reviewed by vincenzo, 10/14/2016

Still in awe with the wonders of nature!

This is a must do trip if you're visiting Iceland. It was indeed a long excursion, 14+ hours. But it is well worth it. Make sure you have enough memory on your cameras for the trip. There are a lot of picture opportunities along the way and in every stop. Oh and a portable battery charger might come in handy as well. We took 3 stops for food, breakfast at a bakery, lunch before arriving at the Glacier Lagoon and a stop at Vik a small coastal town with an awesome view of the black sand beach. We also stopped at 2 waterfalls for the trip, normally 30 to 45 mins to take pictures and explore. The longest was at the Glacier lagoon about 1.5 hours. That included the boat ride. That was an additional 5000isk. There are tours that already include the boat ride so do your home work. There are months that they dont have any boat rides due to glacier crowding in the lagoon. The tour guide Rey was very entertaining, the bus driver Markus was very professional. Bus was comfy but had no wifi.

Really good transport with awesome landscapes.

They wait for you in front of the terminal entrance so no chance you miss them. They are really kind to guide you in all steps.
Bus Transfer Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík Bus Terminal Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/13/2016

Great trip- got to see the Northern Lights!

We were extremely lucky to get clear skies and a great show of the Northern Lights, they had started before we even reached our location.
Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights Tour in Reykjavik Reviewed by Saoirse, 10/10/2016

Fantastic experience, The Blue Lagoon was amazing & transfers spot on

Excellent day. The Blue Lagoon was amazing! Timings perfect and transfers / tickets spot on

Based on 576 reviews by GetYourGuide customers